2016 Canada Trip Photos

Check out these photos from the 2016 Canada trips!

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Week 2:

 

For more, visit the past adventures page.

 

Mt. Ellinor Photos

Here are some photos from one of the Mt. Ellinor trips that happened earlier this year:


Mt. Ellinor is located in the Olympic Mountains in Washington, and is popular as a first climb with the Post, but also attracts more experienced climbers.

Images are courtesy of Ameya Okamoto. Thanks, Ameya!

Summer Climbs

In the past few months, I haven’t posted much on here about the Post’s activities, but a lot has been going on.

Conditioning hikes help students prepare for climbs, get to know the other students and advisers they will be climbing with, learn how their gear will perform, and get used steeper terrain. This year, conditioning hikes began around the end of March/ beginning of April with hikes up Angel’s Rest and Dog Mountain. Hikes continued into June on many of our sunny and not-so-sunny weekends.

Image courtesy of Caroline Williams. Original Work. (Dog Mountain Hike 2016)
Image courtesy of Caroline Williams. Original Work. (Dog Mountain Hike 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As April turned into May, we began the first of many mountain climbs this season. Originally, the plan was for fifteen trips from late April into September. Unfortunately, since the weather has been difficult this season, we have made it up fewer summits than we hoped. Some climbs were rescheduled, while others forced us to turn around part way up. However, even on climbs where we failed to reach the summit, we have had a lot of fun and made new memories. In mountain climbing, summits are never guaranteed, so the process is a big part of the fun.

Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to hikes and mountain climbs, we’ve also had some other types of trips happening, including smith rocks trips, snow school, and a skills session. Later this summer we have more mountain climbs and two backpacking trips. The season isn’t over yet — happy climbing!

2016 Snowshoe Trip

This year, the Post’s annual Snowshoe Trip was held on February 27th and 28th. With record levels of attendance and plenty of snow, it was a resounding success.

Cross Country Ski Trip

Our intrepid Postees set out on January 9th for a Nordic Ski trip around Tea Cup Lake on Mt. Hood. For several participants, this was their first time cross-country skiing, though all adhered to the three most important rules for Post 58 membership: looking good, being good, and looking good. Everyone enjoyed the snow and getting to know some of our newest members! Some big takeaways from the trip included the realization that Sprint is the sole cellphone company with service on Mt. Hood and that goat’s milk cheese is the key to any trek through the elements.

-Emma Connelly

Image by Emma Connelly. Original Work. (x-country ski trip 2015)
Image by Emma Connelly. Original Work. (x-country ski trip 2015)
Image by Emma Connelly. Original Work. (x-country ski trip 2015)

December 2015 Climb Night

The last climb night of 2015 at the Portland Rock gym was great! Returning members showed the ropes to some new members, teaching them how to tie a figure 8 knot through ghost abuse (make a ghost, choke it, and poke it through the eye) and belaying them as they climbed some 5.7s and 5.8s for three hours. It was so nice.

 

-Caleigh Warner and Katie Woodhouse

 

Image by Caleigh Warner. Original Work. (Climb Night Dec 2015)

 

 

Caving Trip

We started this year’s caving trip bright and early on November 21st at the classic 19th and Lovejoy parking lot. From there we drove an hour or so to Trout Lake National Park, located at the base of Mount Adams. After getting our permits and picking our camping site, we loaded back into the cars and headed to Cheese Cave. Cheese Cave was a large lava tube that bowled out at the end and provided a nice shelf for people to sit. While there, we turned off our headlamps and tried to guess how long a minute was, without counting. After exiting the cave, we ate lunch in the snow, and then Jackson, our trusty guide, found us Butter Cave using GPS coordinates which we used a “Phone a Friend,” to find. Following our afternoon of spelunking through The Dairy Route, we spent the evening in the not-so warming hut eating and hanging out around the stove. The next day, after a cold breakfast, we headed over to Ice Cave where we spent the morning spelunking through the series of caves and checking out sweet icicles and rock formations. Before we breezed out of Trout Lake we stopped for huckleberry milkshakes in a very cute diner, and then were on our way back to Portland.

P.S. A special shout out to Mitch’s and Rosa’s mothers for donating their time and accompanying us, Thank you!

Miriam Caron

(This article has been edited for grammar and clarity. Mistakes are the responsibility of Lillian Peters, not Miriam or anyone else.)

Image by Marty Agrimis. Original Work. (Caving Trip 2015)
Image by Marty Agrimis. Original Work. (Caving Trip 2015)
Image by Marty Agrimis. Original Work. (Caving Trip 2015)
Image by Marty Agrimis. Original Work. (Caving Trip 2015)

Shoe Trip 2015

This year’s snowshoe trip, or, rather, shoe trip was a roaring success! Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow this year, everyone had a fantastic time. Here are a few photos from the trip:

Image by Reuben Shafir. Original Work. (Snowshoe Trip 2015)

 

Constructing snow caves and igloos. Image by Reuben Shafir. Original Work. (Snowshoe Trip 2015)

 

 

Sliding down a hill. Image by Reuben Shafir. Original Work. (Snowshoe Trip 2015)

 

 

 

Prusiking and rappelling at Mazama Lodge. Image by Reuben Shafir. Original Work. (Snowshoe Trip 2015)

 

 

December 22nd 2014 Climb Night!

The post will be hosting our very first climb night of the year, on December 22nd from 7-9 PM.  This is a super fun event where we get use of the entire Portland Rock Gym to ourselves for the night.  People of all skill levels are welcome to take part in this awesome night of fun climbing.  The cost of the night is $10, and there will be opportunists to rent gear at PRG.  Afterwords, we will be heading to Fire on the Mountain for some much-deserved post-climbing wings.  There is no official sign up, but it would be awesome if you could drop Reuben Schafir (schafirr@catlin.edu) an email if you are going so he can get an idea of how many people to expect.